Welcome to TANQ.
WhyWhatHow‘s library of Thoughts, Anecdotes, Notes and Quotations.
TANQ is a growing central library of thoughts, anecdotes, notes and quotes that I come across during my life and learning. It was originally inspired by Ryan Holiday’s excellent article on “How and Why to Keep a Commonplace Book“.
As time goes by I’ll be developing TANQ to make it easier to explore, filter and share its contents right here on WhyWhatHow.
For now, here’s a snapshot from the inside:
Discipline is “the ability to make yourself do what you should do, when you should do it, whether you feel like it or not.”
“And herein lies the secret of true power. Learn, by constant practice, how to husband your resources, and concentrate them at any given moment, upon a given point.”
“Do not wait; the time will never be ‘just right.’ Start where you stand and work with whatever tools you may have at our command, and better tools will be found as you go along.”
“One of the best work habits of all if to get up early and work at home in the morning for several hours. You can get three times as much work done at home without interruptions as you ever could in a busy office where you are surrounded by people and bombarded by phone calls.”
“There is more to life than just increasing its speed.”
“Deep Work: Professional activities performed in a state of distraction-free concentration that push your cognitive abilities to their limit. These efforts create new value, improve your skill, and are hard to replicate.”
“In preparing for battle I have always found that plans are useless, but planning is indispensable.”
“Schedule every minute of your day… When you’re done … every minute should be part of a block. You have, in effect, given every minute of your workday a job. Now, as you go through your day, use this schedule to guide you.”
“The way to get things done is to stimulate competition. I do not mean in a sordid money-getting way, but in the desire to excel.”
“Persons with comparatively moderate powers will accomplish much, if they apply themselves wholly and indefatigably to one thing at a time.”